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Monday, October 26, 2015

Care for the Dying

Care for the Dying.  The word Hospice (from hospitality) was originally a term used for a place where tired or sick travelers could find shelter and care. In 1948, it was applied to care for dying patients by Dr. Dame Saunders, and became a generally accepted term in 1963 when she presented her concept of specialized care at Yale. 
The online journal, Medical Daily, explains that palliative care for those suffering terminal conditions can "improve their quality of life by relieving pain and other symptoms," but there are substantial gaps in the provision of this care"At the end of 2014, 67 percent of hospitals with 50 beds or more had palliative care programs," this article reports. 
Although there has been great improvement, there is still limited access to palliative care for Americans today, especially in the Southern portion of the country.

Of the multitudes who came to Jesus for healing, tens of thousands were in conditions considered incurable and with little or no hope for care, comfort or support. No wonder they flocked him and pressed to touch him. One woman thought that if she could just come from behind him and touch the edge of his robe, she would be healed -- so great were the number of instantaneous healing occurring around him wherever he went. She touched, and immediately was healed of a chronic 'issue of blood.' Jesus said that her faith had made her whole (begin with Matthew 9:20).

WHAT TO DO. Finding oneself in a desperate situation with no access to palliative care does not mean no care is available, for Jesus said that the Christ would be with us "alway" (Matthew 28:20). One translation adds, "I will be with you always, day in and day out, as you will see." The Love that is God, and the Christ presence are with you every moment, no matter how threatening or hurtful a circumstance or condition may appear. Turn your attention to that loving Presence with a desire for comfort and healing such as the woman who touched his hem, and you are sure to experience some benefit of good, if not full relief. 

Gratitude for Love's presence and care makes the human circumstances conform to that truth. If there seems no care present, affirm (often, with feeling and trust) that the Christ is right with you, within and without, day and night, caring for your every need. It is like opening a closed door to let in the full sunlight that is just on the other side of it. Open consciousness a crack by this repeated affirmation and expectation of good, and the Christ-light will flood thought and create a better experience for you. Nothing and no one can separate you from the love of God and His care for you. This attitude and purposeful declaration of truth will adjust things in your behalf for good. Give gratitude and receive.

Paul writes, "For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, no height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Road Rage: Presence of Peace

Road Rage is outrageous. According to BBC News, a four-year-old, Lily Garcia, "was shot and killed in an apparent road rage incident in New Mexico" today, October 22. What an unthinkable, unbearable, and senseless act -- how sorrowful. Lily's father told police that "the shooting was the result of road rage." The pictures of Lily show a delightful and happy little face of innocence.
Those who suffer from violent anger that erupts without control need to seek aid to find a more balanced, more peaceful, less threatening life. Some do go to therapy called 'anger management,' and get help, but a great many do not. Vehement anger is like a burst of destructive flame, and should never be anywhere near a sweet child -- or anyone else. 
In Ephesians it counsels us to "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and glamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. The question is, How do we do this? Whether the need is to heal yourself of spurts of anger, or to help another who may even be violent or get out of control, the underlying basis for a turn-around to steadiness and more peacefulness is the fact that God is all, God is good, and we are His reflection ("image and likeness" -- Genesis 1:26). 
God is never out-of-control angry; God is Love and peace. The Infinite is pure calm. He is never ruffled, never hurried, never disturbed, irritated, aggravated, or wrathful. God is pure peace and goodness. Man is His likeness. Our true identity is just like the Peaceful One. No matter how much evidence of rage is seen or felt, suffered or suppressed, the fact is that man is never in a state of anger, for man is the steady and changeless reflection or likeness of God. That which is in the mirror can only show forth that which is before it. God, the calm ever presence, is reflected by man at all times and under all circumstances. This is the truth that "makes free," and it is the truth we hold to in prayer when the opposite appearance threatens. 
I once walked into a home to see a new friend, only to find she had been beaten by a drunk abusive husband, and her children were crying in the corner of a bedroom. I had no idea she was dealing with that. Before I could leave, he returned home. Let me tell you, he was big and scary. I managed to get out to my car and was thinking I should call the police but my phone would not work. I prayed as hard as I could to know the truth of man as God's likeness, to see this drunk and enraged person as he really was -- the likeness of the Infinite Calm One -- peaceful and good. I pulled out onto the main road and was immediately stopped by the police. I was never so happy to be stopped by an officer. My tail light was out, but the real reason was so that I could point to the house and tell him that my friend was in danger. He left right away to take care of the situation. The result of this was that the man was forced to get help, the wife was protected, and the power of Love was demonstrated by the police officer's appearance just when it was most needed.
We must be wise on the roads, and wise in our dealings with others. Watch body language, and be careful not to provoke anyone, especially when there are children around. What can be done now? Lily's little four years of life and sweet joyfulness must leave an indelible mark of good -- it must be a catalyst for us to effect some lasting change for good -- it must not be in vain, but rather save the lives of others. It has caused me to write this blog, to share a most powerful spiritual fact about man's true nature that can help and heal, protect and transform. Pray to see reflection of the peace and calm of God as Soul, right where rage is burning, for that is the truth of man's identity and nature. Seeing spiritually brings protection and healing. Doing this will keep you and others safe. Road rage will dissipate. 
Lily is in the arms of the dear Infinite One, loved. Let us pray that her family feels the comfort of Love, and keep close with supporting thoughts and truth.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Arctic Drilling, Polar Bears, and Dominion

The Arctic region has protected itself by yielding less than desirable results in recent testing for offshore oil and gas.  Environmentalists, and especially, polar bears, are quite happy over this finding which has caused cancellation of "two potential Arctic offshore lease sales" as well as any extensions on current leases. The expense and dangers of arctic drilling further aid in the protection of this area. The Scriptures say that man was given "dominion over all the earth," but does not mean to exploit it or bring harm to the environment or the creatures it sustains. (Gen. 1:26). The idea of "dominion" given in Genesis is more in line with care giving, and wise use of resources provided. To "subdue" the earth infers that man makes it productive and good, but surely this does not include destruction, contamination, or ruin. There is nothing in the nature of God as presented in the first account of creation (Genesis 1:1 - 2:4) that would occasion any necessity for ruin or imbalance. God calls all into being by His word, "Let there be..." and everything is pronounced "good" (1:31). However dominion is interpreted, surely it must be in line with God's true nature of Love.

WHAT CAN WE DO? Prayerful meditation on the reality of spiritual being, the true nature of Love filling all space and protecting all the innocent ones, will support all right endeavors and bring healing to our planet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mass Shootings: Consolation and Spiritual Protection

Mass shootings = mass sorrow, fear, and worry.

Many conjecture over the causes of the mass shootings witnessed in the U.S. recently, in places of honor where one should feel particularly safe -- colleges and churches.

Professionals from various disciplines look for a common thread for the purpose of possible prevention of future episodes of such tragedies. The shock and sorrow affects us all.

The cause, a disturbed mind, certainly distills the problem into the mental realm, making it apparent that the remedy, the safeguarding, must be in a way that addresses and reaches thought. Nothing occurs but that it is first in thought.

WHAT CAN WE DO? Consider that the one Source of all conscious awareness is the one intelligent Creator, or Mind of God. Prayer that affirms this one Intelligence to be all-good and all-powerful begins to immediately radiate out to all mankind in truth that produces only good.

Rather than condemn individuals, pray that the light of Mind, the Christ, rises up in their consciousness to destroy the disturbance or darkness that leads to criminal and violent acts.

The one Creator loves all of His own children, and that Love shines in the most dismal blackness. The light of Love shines in the consciousness of one who might contemplate violence to negate that suggestion before it ever takes hold and turns to action. The light of Love shines in the consciousness of any who have been victimized to lift them to His bosom by His great heartbeat of affection. The light of Love does wonders, it heals, it forgives, it protects, it prevents, it comforts, and it restores. Be still and breathe in the radiance of this Light, then see it softly resting on everyone everywhere.

Your prayer, your affirmation of truth, is not in vain, but powerful and saving.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Weather: Peace, be Still

WEATHER: Peace, be still 

The weather channel serves us well in reporting factual information regarding storms, road conditions, and so forth. Today's headline is distressing:"Life-Threatening, Potentially Historic Flash Flooding in South Carolina, North Carolina, West of Hurricane Joaquin."
The report explains that "relentless onshore winds and potentially unprecedented rainfall ... over the next several days for many states on the U.S. East Coast" is resulting in serious flooding that will only continue to increase. The ominous report adds that the result of these weather conditions is "life-threatening" and "potentially historic" in the amount of rainfall, in many areas of South Carolina and North Carolina.
How can we effectively pray to be protected and to extend that power of prayer to those suffering these extraordinary conditions? Jesus explains that we must build upon a rock -- a solid, immovable foundation -- and that rock is Christ, it is the presence of God in expression to heal and save as he demonstrated. He explains, "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock" ( Matt. 7:25). 
To build one's house (which means metaphysically and spiritually -- and in Hebrew literature -- one's consciousness) upon a rock, is to hold thought in continual awareness of the presence and the power of Spirit, divine Love. Base thought on the safety of the Christ-presence and this truth will manifest in security through the most untoward conditions. It will affect your environment for good. You will not fall. Your right spiritual understanding of this will extend to those around you as seen in the stilling of the storm by Jesus that saved all the small ships in the surrounding area (read below). 
Mark 4:35-41 (Bible in Basic English)
And on that day, when the evening had come, he said to them, Let us go over to the other side. 
And going away from the people, they took him with them, as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him. 
And a great storm of wind came up, and the waves came into the boat, so that the boat was now becoming full. 
And he himself was in the back of the boat, sleeping on the cushion: and they, awaking him, said, Master, is it nothing to you that we are in danger of destruction? 
And he came out of his sleep, and gave strong orders to the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be at rest. And the wind went down, and there was a great calm. 
And he said to them, Why are you full of fear? have you still no faith? A
nd their fear was great, and they said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea do his orders? 
To have true spiritual power in our prayer to manifest good, to protect, save, and heal, we must realize the one infinite Mind or Intelligence, God, who is all Good -- focus thought on that in deep meditative prayer -- and then see ourselves reflecting this. In this way, the pure truth "that makes free" fills consciousness. This reflected, realized truth from God is a law to any situation for good. In this state of thought, say as the Master, "Peace, be still," and then turn it all to God's power in full trust that good is manifesting. This seems a simple thing, and it is, but it must be done, the same as flicking on a light switch must be done to fill a very dark room with immediate light. "Peace, be still," are words from the divine, gentle, omnipresence, and knowing this will manifest in at least some degree of calm, and may in fact, be life-saving for those caught up in the weather.